FAST FIVE: Putin: Would Be "Criminal" To Stand By & "Spinelessly Watch" Ukraine Join NATO
Putin: Would Be “Criminal” To Stand By & “Spinelessly Watch” Ukraine Join NATO Coming the day after the Biden-Putin virtual summit – which lasted two hours and the Kremlin described as “constructive” – despite the US president issuing severe warnings over Ukraine, on Wednesday Putin gave fresh remarks underscoring his country's legitimate fears of an American military build-up close to Russia's borders.
Calling for an immediate easing of tensions which were discussed with Biden during the earlier video conference, Putin asserted it would be “criminal” to just sit back and watch Ukraine join NATO.
Putin met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Wednesday.
Putin laid out that “Russia conducts peace-loving foreign policy, but we have a right to provide for our own safety.” The press conference was also the first time Putin himself commented on his prior day's talks with President Biden: “The talks were very open, substantive, and constructive.
Last month, Putin had told a Russian foreign policy conference, “We're constantly voicing our concerns about this, talking about red lines, but we understand our partners – how shall I put it mildly – have a very superficial attitude to all our warnings and talk of red lines.” Getty Images Recall too that Russia-NATO communications are at a historical low point – essentially not even happening at all – after Russia closed its diplomatic mission to NATO, following Brussels accusing Russia of running a “spy shop” instead of using it for legitimate diplomatic needs. The White House said Biden would this week brief America's European and NATO allies on what was said and agreed to during the Putin virtual summit. Tyler Durden Wed, 12/08/2021 – 13:05.